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Get involved in your forest ‘backyard’

Forests are the backyard for many Oregonians, and as much a part of Oregon's identity as the Oregon Trail. These forests are managed by government agencies and private landowners to benefit Oregonians environmentally, economically, and socially. Across Oregon, the state manages more than 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland.

In the convenience of your own home, hop online and tell us how you'd like to see Oregon state-owned forestlands managed, ask pressing questions and stay current on the latest news through the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) new State Forests Online Community and agency Twitter account. Aiming to ensure all voices are at the table, we offer a suite of online tools to meet you where you are.

Have general questions about a particular tree in the park down the street? Want to know the best camping spots in the Tillamook State Forest? Concerned about fire risk on your property in August? Not able to attend a Board of Forestry meeting but want to know what happened?

Follow the new agency Twitter account at @ORDeptForestry (https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry). Then tell us how you think Oregon state-owned forests should be managed by signing up for ODF's State Forests Online Community at http://bit.ly/1cwZnnD.

By submitting your e-mail to the online community, you can contribute to surveys and conversations to help inform Board of Forestry decisions, and receive the latest news and invitations to events and open houses as we showcase conservation lands and evaluate alternatives to the current NW Oregon Forest Management Plan. Not on Twitter? You can also find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry.

and browse our visual story on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregondepartmentofforestry/).

As the Department looks forward to 2014, much is underway - please stay connected with us throughout.

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